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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies Explore & Serve Day

The Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs held its fourth annual Explore & Serve Day virtually on April 1, 2021. This event is dedicated to recognizing our students’ outstanding contributions to either biomedical science research or community service endeavors.

The morning session was held via Zoom, and began with a welcome message from Monika Jost, PhD, director of the Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs. Next was a welcome and introduction of the keynote speaker, Charles B. Cairns, MD, the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean, by Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. In his keynote, Dr. Cairns provided a timely address titled "Health Disparities in the Age of COVID," discussing the College of Medicine’s approaches to address this disease and its resulting impact.

Dr. Cairns’ address was followed by oral presentations from students in our MD/Master of Medical Science (MD/MS) program, and from our Master of Medical Science (MMS) program. The afternoon session took place on a different virtual platform, Gather, and began with oral presentations from students in our Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) and MS in Biomedical Studies (MBS) programs. Attendees could then visit virtual posters highlighting additional projects in two sessions, and mingle with presenters and other visitors.

This daylong event concluded with well-deserved informal fun time by relaxing on our virtual beach!

To learn more about Explore & Serve Day, contact Anita Gaurnier-Hausser at


Students in the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies viewing slides under a microscope.